Spanish-Style Chickpea Meatballs with Tomato Sauce
Spanish-Style Chickpea Meatballs with Tomato Sauce
These Chickpea Meatballs in Tomato Sauce are seriously my new addiction. They´re packed with flavors, made with basic pantry staples and all done in a little over 30 minutes. Serve them next to some roasted potatoes, a garden salad and a bottle of Spanish red wine for the ultimate meal.



  • 1 can chickpeas 15.5 oz / 440 grams
  • 1/3 cup bread crumbs 40 grams
  • 1 egg
  • 1 small onion finey chopped
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 carrot
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin 1.5 grams
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley 8 grams
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  • 3 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika 3 grams
  • 1 can tomato sauce 14.5 oz / 400 grams
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 60 ml
  • handful chopped fresh parsley


  1. Drain the canned chickpeas into a colander and rinse under water, then shake off any excess water and transfer the chickpeas into a large bowl, using a potato masher or a large fork, mash down on the chickpeas until well mashed
  2. Once the chickpeas are mashed, add in the bread crumbs, crack in the egg and add in the chopped onion, then finely grate the garlic over the ingredients, finely grate the carrot (peeled), add in the cumin, parsley and season with sea salt & black pepper, mix together until well mixed, then push down on the mixture to end up with a paste-like texture
  3. To shape the meatballs, grab a spoonful of the mixture and squeeze it in your hands, this is to ensure the ingredients and well binded together, the form it into a shape of a golf ball
  4. Heat a large fry pan with a medium heat and add in the olive oil
  5. After a couple of minutes add in the chickpea meatballs, all in a single layer, fry for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden fried all around, then remove from the pan and set aside
  6. Using the same pan with the same heat, add in 3 cloves of garlic that have been finely chopped, mix continuously, after 15 seconds add in a generous tsp of sweet smoked Spanish paprika, quickly mix together, then add in the canned tomato sauce and season with sea salt & black pepper, mix together and then simmer without mixing
  7. Once the tomato sauce has slightly thickened, about 3 minutes, add the chickpea meatballs back into the pan, give each one a gentle flip so they´re fully coated in the sauce, simmer for 3 to 4 minutes
  8. Transfer into serving dishes and sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley, enjoy!


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